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Old 11-24-2014, 05:05 PM   #61
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Nice! Yep - You may want to hang on to that machine for a while
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Old 11-24-2014, 05:08 PM   #62
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Nice! Yep - You may want to hang on to that machine for a while
I'd like to but the rental is just under $300/day. But during the next snowstorm the neighbors would shower me with gifts!
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Walt, I'd be tempted to try that baby out. Did they leave you the keys?
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Old 11-24-2014, 05:30 PM   #64
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Did they leave you the keys?
Yes they did, and it is indeed very tempting. But then I think about that joy-killing word, "Liability..."

And the first house I damaged would probably be my own.
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Old 11-25-2014, 01:48 PM   #65
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We now have running water again!

Plumber arrived about 8:30 AM and we've been w/o running water since then. We planned ahead for that of course and even planned for going several days if we had to in case things went awry.

That last photo is where the water meter is and several other utilities are nearby so that had to be dug out by hand. I felt a little sorry for those two guys. That is work!
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"I felt a little sorry for those two guys. That is work! "

No jackets, no hats, no rain gear, flat ground, no obstructions,... they're likely happy guys!
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So it's " Honey , I got you a new water line for X-mass " this year
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Looks very much like the job I had done.
I remember marveling at the dexterity of the guy running the little backhoe. He had such a deft touch with it, and made it look easy.
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What's that green stuff on the ground?

FWIW, the plumbers that replaced my waterline 2 weeks ago did it with jackhammer and shovel (lots of caliche here). I need to pick it out of the gravel this weekend (what a mess, they weren't landscapers). They also had to prune back a desert willow.

They did add some extra hose bibs, shutoffs and a pressure regulator though. My house was on city pressure of 100psi and that apparently was too high, so it's now regulated down to 65psi.

You must be relieved to have it all over with.
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You must be relieved to have it all over with.
We sure are. Given the weather, yesterday may well turn out to be the last possible day of the year it could be done. Wow, that's cutting it close!

The front yard is a mess of course and will pretty much remain so until late spring. The plumber did say he will be back in the spring to put down seed and hay. In the meantime DW and I will pick at the rocks, smooth over the rough spots from time to time and the like, and when the weather is right we'll seed if the plumber doesn't get here first. There is no need to bust a gut doing this since we can pick at it 15-30 minutes at a time once or twice a week or so and still be done in plenty of time. Ain't retirement grand?
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There is no need to bust a gut doing this since we can pick at it 15-30 minutes at a time once or twice a week or so and still be done in plenty of time. Ain't retirement grand?
What's even nicer is that after your recent medical experience you are predisposed to do it the slow and easy way. So no guilt to stress you.
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This month I rechecked all the toilets (food coloring in the tank, wait a full day, no change in bowl water color) and they're fine. ...
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But it won't catch if a stuck-on "refill tube" is pushing water down the overflow pipe for some reason. This is unusual failure scenario, but if it occurs, dye won't indicate it.
I was just suspecting a toilet leak, and I found a simpler (to me) method than food coloring (yes, I spilled a drop, and was sweating bullets that I'd get it cleaned up w/o leaving a stain). And it should catch both flapper valve and overflow tube leaks:

Quickly pour a bucket of water into the bowl, enough to get it to start flushing, then stop and the flush action will siphon most of the water out of the bowl. The water level will be pretty low. Since you didn't flush with the handle, it won't get refilled. Note the water level, and check it for a few hours. If the water doesn't rise, no leak!

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